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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 28. FLORIDA's Shaune Fraser might have touched second at the wall in the 200 fly, but officials deemed he was the fastest swimmer to complete the swim legally.
Georgia's Mark Dylla clocked a 1:41.14, but drew a disqualification for a one-handed touch. Florida's Shaune Fraser won with a 1:41.45 to defend his title, which is the 12th fastest ever. He won a year ago in 1:40.75. He pushed Florida's total to five 200 fly titles in NCAA history. On top of his two triumphs, Craig Beardsley also won back-to-back in 1981-82. Additionally, Anthony Nesty claimed the 1990 crown. Fraser's effort also broke Tom Shields' pool record of 1:41.77 set during prelims.
Shields, a former Swimming World High School Swimmer of the Year, finished second overall in 1:41.52, improving upon his lifetime best that was the pool record during prelims. Shields did not, however, jump past Tyler McGill's 1:41.49 into seventh all time in the event.
Stanford's Bobby Bollier posted a third-place time of 1:41.54 to improve his personal best of 1:41.79 set last year at NCAAs. Bollier moved into eighth all time behind Shields, and in front of Mel Stewart's 1991 time of 1:41.78.
California closed the gap to single digits with Texas leading the team race with 438 points. Cal moved closer with a second-place 429.5 points. Arizona (361), Stanford (337) and Florida (334) comprised the top five after the event.
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